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tweak\'e
23-07-2002, 10:35 PM
BioWare has released a new patch for Neverwinter Nights (http://nwn.bioware.com/support/patch.html), bringing it up to version 1.21. It also comes in two flavours, a 3MB auto-update version and a 37.2MB (http://nwn.bioware.com/support/patch_manual.html) manual download version. The patch addresses the following:
Added the ability to Save Games in the Windows Dedicated Server
Contest of Champions module included
Items located in Creature Inventory slots will now be DELETED when validating a Player through ELC and ILR. Custom modules that use Creature Inventory slots to assign Sub Race abilities will have to re-add items on joining the custom module.
Item Costs will now be properly calculated for Plot items in ELC checks.
Sped up character listing coming from a Dedicated Server.
Fixed an issue with saving at inopportune times resulting in breaking save games.
Fixed some item "ghosting" issues.
Fixed the DM Faction bug, where possesing a creature results in that creature's friendly faction going hostile.
2DA files are now being loaded in the proper order in Hak Paks.
General bug fixes.
There is also a new version 1.21 dedicated Linux server (http://nwn.bioware.com/downloads/linuxserver.html).

SiS has officially released its new 648 chipset for the Pentium 4 and Techreport (http://www.tech-report.com/reviews/2002q3/sis-648/index.x?pg=1)has already reviewed it against six other configurations and from early indications it looks to be pretty impressive.

Intel is set to release it's 3GHz Pentium 4 in time for the Christmas holidays in the US and prior to that the new Pentium 4 2.2GHz mobile processor based on the new energy-efficient Banias technology. Also in the mix is the upgrade of the Celeron to the Northwood core, but still only with 128MB of L2 Cache. You can read all about these and more in a story of at Cnet (http://news.com.com/2100-1001-945684.html?tag=fd_top).

Cnet is reporting that Industrial Light and Magic has recently replaced a large number of their SGI, RISC-based machines, with Intel based equivalents, here's part of the story:
The technical effects studio has switched from using RISC-Unix workstations from SGI to using Intel-based Dell systems running Linux for the bulk of its animation and special effects work, said Cliff Plumer, ILM's chief technology officer. As part of the conversion, ILM recently deployed 600 Pentium 4 workstations. "The Intel workstations that were deployed were probably 20 percent of the price of SGI workstations we bought a few years ago," Plumer said. "Performancewise, they are about three times as fast.
Check out the full article from CNET here (http://news.com.com/2100-1001-945310.html).

Here's a handy page over at Microsoft that offers a heap of Office XP tips that you may find usefulsuch as the one listed below:
So You Thought The Shift Key Just Gave You A Capital Letter?
In Internet Explorer... ...hold the shift key when clicking a hyperlink & the page opens in a new window. Browse around & then close the windows & you are back where you started.
You can peruse the rest of the tips here (http://www.microsoft.com/office/using/tips/archives/default.asp).

RealNetworks, not to be outdone by Microsoft has announced their new form of digital media software that pipes audio and video in a range of formats including Windows Media. The new software has been codenamed Helix (http://www.realnetworks.com/solutions/leadership/community.html) is targeted for the enterprise, specifically for businesses who wish to send audio and video to customers and employees in a variety of formats. With a set of more than 1,000 application programming interfaces for building media applications, it also marks an open-source approach by a company known for keeping its software proprietary. You can read more about the way Helix works in the full story at internetnews (http://www.internetnews.com/infra/article.php/1430311).

Creative has released new NOMAD Jukebox 3 version 1.01.02 drivers bringing full certification for Windows XP. the drivers also support Windows 98, Windows 98SE, Windows 2000 and Windows ME. Go get em here (http://asia.creative.com/scripts/download.asp?Agrmt=slicense.html&file=http://files.asia.creative.com/files/creative/drivers/portaudio/jb3/Drv_Jb3.EXE).

Simhq have posted a Windows 98SE, Windows XP, and Windows 2000 Pro Operating System Shootout to see which is the best for your needs. Here's a bite from the Article:
Two of the contenders were easy to decide on...Microsoft Windows 98SE, the reigning "king of the (sim performance) hill" and Microsoft Windows XP Home. After much consideration, Windows 2000 Professional and 98 Lite were also selected. If you are not familiar with 98 Lite, check out their web site here. 98 Lite doesn't include the browser or mail client, so there is a difference in it verses the other three OS's, but its reduced overhead makes some good points in our testing. While Microsoft has never encouraged users to make Windows 2000 Professional a game OS, there have been some decent results reported. For gamers Windows 2000 Professional seems like the best of both worlds: less overhead like 9x, better memory management from NT. We'll see.
Read the whole thing here (http://www.simhq.com/simhq3/hardware/features/os_shootout/).

New Nvidia Omega Drivers version 1.0.80 drivers for 9x/ME/2000/XP have been released. The new release features the following changes:
* Based in the 29.80 official drivers. (9x/ME/2k/XP)
* Fixed the XP resolutions AGAIN, reverted back to the old method for setting the resolutions, this way the drivers allows custom resolutions to be added. The only drawback is that normal tools that "fix" the 60Hz problem in Windows won't work, you HAVE to use RefreshForce to fix it (included). (2k/XP)
* Added a few new resolutions, they are all 4:3 in aspect. (2k/XP)
* Added a 720x576 resolution for PAL TV output. (2k/XP)
* Found out that nvidia "locked" the drivers so they couldn't display the 1400x1050 resolution anymore, not even FORCED, so I made a workaround for the problem and added a NEW resolution to replace the missing one, 1440x1080, it works perfectly (up to 100Hz). (9x/ME/2k/XP)
* Removed non-standard resolutions, like 1600x900, etc. (if anyone can give me a good reason to add them again, like for "What are they used for?" then I'll add them back in the next release). (9x/ME/2k/XP)
* Added options to the drivers SETUP, now you can select what to install and what not. (2k/XP)
* Added support for Quadro based boards. (9x/ME/2k/XP)
Grab the new manual install version here (http://www.omegacorner.com/nvidia.htm).

Windows 2000 SP3 Build 3.154.2 has been released to testers with the following changes:
Security issues, including all fixes from Windows 2000 Security Rollup Package 1
Operating system reliability
Application compatibility
Windows 2000 Setup
SP3 also includes the updates contained in the previous service packs
Grab it from the following two links:
- Windows 2000 SP3 Build 3.154.2 Express Installer (640 KB) (ftp://www.bunnios.com/sp3express_3.154.2_en.exe)
- Windows 2000 SP3 Build 3.154.2 Network Installer (124 MB) (ftp://beta-x:beta-x@beta-x.mine.nu:65302/Windows%202000%20SP3%20RC%203.154.2/W2Ksp3_3.154.2_en.exe)
NOTE: If you already have installed some of the fixes that are now in the SP3 a warning message box may pop up asking you to reinstall some of these fixes again. This happens because the file version number of the fix you installed was higher than the version number in the SP3 package. If the warning message box pops, you can ignore reinstalling the fixes and proceed with the SP3 (Build 3.151) install. Once Win2000 SP3 releases the final (RTM) build you *should* reinstall any fixes you are asked to reinstall in this warning message.

nVidia leaked version 30.00 Beta Drivers are out. The drivers are for Win9x/ME/2000/XP and have the following features:
Driver dated 06/06/02 - 6th of June 2002
All Nvidia cards to date supported
Full multilanguage support
nView support present
Win2K/XP driver not compatible with old Refresh Rate Fixes - use RivaTuner RC11 (http://www.nvworld.ru/)instead.
Unofficial beta release - not supported by Nvidia
Download them here (http://www.warp2search.net/download.php?op=viewsdownload&sid=2&orderby=dateD)

System Cleaner 4.80 Final is out with no word on the changes. System Cleaner allows you to clean your drives from unnecessary and temporary files. The program targets more than 100 file extensions, which enable it to scan and recognize most of the unnecessary files on your computer using search patterns, which can be modified by the user at any time. Grab your copy here (http://www.allerasoft.net/download/systemcleaner/setup.exe).

Hardware reviews:
Abit KX7-333 vs. Shuttle AK35GT2R Motherboards on PC Hardware (http://www.pchardware.ro/Reviews/review.php?id=169).
Akaska Silver Mountain 2Q Quiet Cooler on Viper's Lair (http://www.viperlair.com/reviews/cooling/akasa/silvm2q/silvm2q_1.htm).
Albatron GeForce4 Ti 4200P 128MB Video Card on got apex (http://www.gotapex.com/reviews.php?rev=videocards/albatron/index.html).
Antec Performance Plus 1080 Case on Ascully.com (http://www.ascully.com/modules.php?name=Reviews&rop=showcontent&id=120).
AOpen AX4G Pro i845G Motherboard on Tweakers Australia (http://www.tweakers.com.au/articles/motherboard/aopen_ax4gpro/page1.asp).
Chaintech 7VJL KT333 Motherboard on OCworkbench (http://www.ocworkbench.com/2002/chaintech/7vjl/7vjlp1.htm).
Saitek P750 Digital Gamepad on LAN Addict (http://www.lanaddict.com/reviews/saitek/page1.shtml).
SiS 648 Chipset on accelenation.com (http://accelenation.com/?doc=162&page=1), OCworkbench (http://www.ocworkbench.com/2002/sis/648ref/648refp1.htm), and The Tech Report (http://tech-report.com/reviews/2002q3/sis-648/index.x?pg=1).
SOYO KT333 DRAGON Ultra - Platinum Motherboard on HardwareZone.com (http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles/articles.hwz?cid=6&aid=469).
Yamaha CRW-F1 44/24/44 CD-RW on CDRLabs.com (http://www.cdrlabs.com/reviews/index.php?reviewid=135).

tweak\'e
24-07-2002, 11:26 AM
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